In August of 2010 I learned I was going to be a mother, and started this crazy journey. I spent my entire pregnancy reading books and blogs and learning everything I could about birth and breastfeeding. I LOVED it all. As a nutritionist by trade, breastfeeding and infant feeding became an early passion. That plus sign was the beginning of my birth career.
I have a B.S. in Nutritional Science from the University of New Hampshire. My course of study included both clinical nutrition therapy as well as holistic approaches. I pride myself in staying up to date with both clinical and holistic approaches. The field of nutrition is forever changing and the body of knowledge growing.
I became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2014. As part of my path to becoming an IBCLC, I took the Certified Lactation Educator Counselor or CLEC course from the University of California, San Diego. I was also a WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor for Albuquerque’s Northwest Valley office for 3 years.
I am trained as a birth doula through Birth Arts International, I completed that training during the summer of 2012, and have advanced training in rebozo techniques from Gena Kirby. I want all women to feel empowered during their birth and honored during the postpartum period. I continued my birth education by adding on childbirth educator training in early 2018 through the Academy of Certified Birth Educators (ACBE) and Birth Arts International. I have been blessed to support over 70 Albuquerque Area families as their families grow and would be honored to support your family as well. I am advancing my doula training with The Matrona and will be attending their Certified Holistic Doula training in May 2019 in Sedona, Arizona. I also recently completed a 15hr Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss training through The Institute for the Study of Birth, Death, and Breath.
Placenta work has been a love of mine since encapsulating my own placenta with my first child. Each and every placenta I have the privilege to handle and transform fascinates me and tells a story. It is not uncommon to find me staring at a fresh placenta print for far longer than most would find normal or casually reading a textbook on placenta pathophysiology. I have continued my placenta education through The Association of Placenta Preparation Arts (APPA) as well as professional groups. At this point in my career I have had the honor of encapsulating over 400 placentas.
I also run Dusty Acre Farm in Albuquerque’s beautiful South Valley with my husband, Tobias (hence the frizzle chicken in the photo). We have two amazing daughters, Aoife & Fionnuala, who also keep us extra busy.